Three teenagers have been arrested after a mother and son were hospitalized with stab wounds during an alleged burglary attempt.
South Australian police on Wednesday arrested teenagers allegedly involved in the stabbing of a mother and her son on Sunday.
Police said shortly before 4.40am on Sunday, 9-year-old Huckleberry Myers and his mother Holly chased the suspected burglars who were fleeing a property in the Adelaide suburb of Unley.
A woman woke up after hearing a commotion and saw three young men allegedly breaking into her BMW X5 and stealing things from it.
Huckleberry followed his mother as she ran out to stop them, but as she tried to drive away, one of the teenagers allegedly stabbed Huck in the arm through the car window.
An argument ensued and the three fled, police said.
Ms. Myers and Huckleberry were taken to Women and Children’s Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Police later found a knife near the scene.
Three young men – a 15-year-old Elizabeth Downs boy, a 13-year-old Feriden Park boy and a 14-year-old Flinders Park boy – were arrested and charged with trespassing and theft.
The two older boys were also charged with failing to pay bail.
The younger boy appeared in the Adelaide Youth Court on Tuesday and was remanded in custody.
The 15-year-old and 14-year-old were denied bail before the court on Wednesday.
The boy’s family criticized South Africa’s health system and the state’s new Labor government as Huck, a Year 3 student, was forced to wait several hours in the hospital before being seen.
South Africa’s Health Minister Chris Picton said the boy was immediately seen by triage specialists, but “important first priority cases” were treated before Huck.
Prime Minister Peter Malinauskas promised to meet the family, and the hospital apologized for the long wait.
The attack is still being investigated and anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.